200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Resources

  • Changing Vote

    Students will be split into five groups. Each group will be given one of the Voter's Rights Excerpts (1819, 1861, 1865, 1865, 1875). Students will discuss their excerpt with their group and write 4-5 important details about their excerpt on chart paper. Students will then be regrouped with students from the other excerpts so that they can discuss the similarities and differences between the excerpts.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • The Vine and Olive Colony

    As an introduction to the Vine and Olive Colony, I would present the mural of the Vine and Olive Colony. Based on their interpretation, students will use watercolors to create their own picture of what a French colony might have looked like during the 1820s.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Lafayette’s Grand Tour

    Students will analyze a primary document and read a secondary source about the Marquis de Lafayette's Grand Tour of the United States in 1825. The Marquis and his entourage toured lower Alabama for a few days in April. Students will create an annotated timeline detailing his days and the events that occurred in Alabama as the country prepared to celebrate America's 50th birthday. The timeline will include dates and descriptions of the people, places, and events in informative summaries as well as appropriate illustrations.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Alabama’s Early Governors

    In this lesson, students will learn about the executive branch of government at the state level, especially related to the first governors of the state of Alabama. Their impact on the development of Alabama and Alabama's role in the United States will be discussed. Students will use research and note taking skills to gather information on an early governor. Then students will participate in jigsaw groups to share their information, discuss the importance of each governor, similarities, and impact. Finally, students will discuss the role of governor and how governors have an impact on the state and the impact these men had in Alabama and in other states.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • Look Who’s Coming to Dinner!

    Students will read from an Alabama newspaper about President James Monroe's surprise visit to Huntsville. The article discusses the purposes of the visit, the locals who welcomed and entertained the President, and his discussion of current (1819) events.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • You Are Invited!

    Students will analyze a primary document that details items purchased to celebrate the Marquis de Lafayette's tour of Alabama in April, 1825. Students will create an invitation to the celebration, including the What, Where, When, Why, What to Bring, and R.S.V.P. Students will include details from the secondary source, as well as the primary document, to include on the invitation. The event will be explained utilizing the format of the invitation.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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  • We, The People

    In 1819 the Constitutional Convention met in Huntsville, Alabama in order to write our state's constitution. In this lesson, students will learn what a preamble is, as well as, read both the United States' Preamble to the Constitution and the preamble to Alabama's Constitution. Students will examine similarities between both preambles and discuss possible reasons for such similarities. Fifth grade teachers could also utilize this lesson to examine and compare both preambles and their purposes.

    ALCOS Social Studies Content Standard Grade(s): 4

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